A selection of bags auctioned off from Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor’s collection. Most of them carried the Duchess’ cypher of interlaced W’s, sometimes with a crown which was frowned upon by the Royal family.
First row, left to right: Brown alligator handbag circa 1940 attributed to Ferest; dark blue lizard skin handbag of French make, circa 1945 to 1950; an Hermes dark brown calf leather handbag ‘Chaine d'Ancre’, circa 1958.
Second row, left to right: Black calf leather handbag of unknown make, circa 1960; red Dior alligator handbag lined in kid; circa 1960-1965; navy blue lizard skin camera case-style bag attributed to Ferest, circa 1950.
Third row, left to right: Trapezoidal black calf leather handbag attributed to Germaine Guerin, circa 1950; Lemarchand pale blue straw handbag, circa 1967; Cartier brown alligator clutch, circa 1938-1940.
Fourth row, left to right: Black patent leather handbag of unknown make, circa 1957-60; Roger Vivier patent handbag with faux tortoiseshell frame, circa 1967; Lemarchand brown leather handbag, circa 1964.
Photos from Sotheby’s catalog.